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Beatles tribute band invades Tahoe

The Fab Four, or Facsimile Four, if you will, were on stage just as you remembered them. Rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest songwriting duo bantered with the audience, with Paul being irreverent yet polite and John up there with his pseudo-sarcasm. George was light on his feet and displayed masterful musicianship on the lead guitar, and Ringo was his smiling, charismatic self.

After the weekend mass exodus of Tahoe visitors, the Beatles tribute band Yesterday on Monday performed the final show of its first week at the Horizon Casino Resort. Unlike the weekend shows, when the 200-seat Golden Cabaret was packed, only about 60 folks were in attendance. Although the crowd was small, the energy and enthusiasm in the audience was great. The electricity of British Invasion can be felt more than 40 years after it sent shock waves across the country.

Those old Beatles songs are still fun, and the show ended with everyone on their feet during encore renditions of “Twist and Shout” and “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

“It went really well,” said Don Bellezzo, who plays the role of John Lennon. “We were well-received and the hotel was very happy. We’re just getting rolling and we’re going to keep steamrolling ahead.”

“The British Are Coming,” featuring the Beatles Show Band Yesterday will play at the Horizon six nights a week throughout the winter and perhaps longer.

The two-set show opens with Yesteday donning black suits and playing material from their appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The second half is a re-enactment of the 1965 Shea Stadium shows with the lads wearing tan sportcoats, which Paul joked were borrowed from the hotel’s bell staff.

After opening with “Twist and Shout,” “All My Lovin'” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Paul and John for the first time shared the same microphone for “From Me to You.” There is something about a two-part harmony capped with a high falsetto – “wooo!” – that makes women shout. No one fainted at Monday’s show, but the boys were a bit taxed.

“We sing in the same high key that the Beatles sang, and you have to breathe a little more here,” Bellezzo said. “It’s tougher in Tahoe because the air’s thinner.”

Ringo (Mike Streeto) sang one song, and it was most appropriate. While Streeto sang the Buck Owens song “Act Naturally,” the first Ringo (Richard Starkey) was displayed on the screen performing the same number at Shea Stadium. Earlier, the film included footage of the Beatles flying over New York City on the way to the show.

The show included the Beatles’ first No. 1 song in the U.K., “Please Please Me,” and first No. 1 in the U.S., “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” The anthem “Yesterday” was the only ballad of the rock show.

Jim Lett plays George Harrison, and Paul Sacco is Paul McCartney.

The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the Horizon box office or online at for $24.95. There is no show on Tuesdays.

Ed Sullivan Show set

Twist and Shout

All My Lovin’

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

From Me to You

A Hard Days Night

You Can’t Do That

Roll Over Beethoven

Slow Down

Please Please Me

She Loves you

I Saw Her Standing There

Shea Stadium set


I Feel Fine

She a Woman

Rock ‘n’ Roll Music


Ticket to Ride

Act Naturally

Eight Days a Week

Day Tripper

I’m Down

Encore: Twist and Shout and Can’t Buy Me Love

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